NPR

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 26%

The Other Woman (2014)

"A conceptually odious, stupid-to-the-bone enterprise ..."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Linda Holmes

2 35%

Brick Mansions (2014)

"It is a hoot to watch, even if, to be honest, there's little reason for it to exist."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Linda Holmes

3 92%

Blue Ruin (2014)

"Blue Ruin succeeds on the strength of Saulnier's skill at slowly escalating the tension, even with a would-be action protagonist who is almost comically inept."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

4 67%

Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014)

"The results are poignant, yet show the difficulties of applying fiction templates to true stories."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Mark Jenkins

5 97%

Orphan Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" I'll always value how Orphan Black's ability to shift and combine genres - sometimes in the same scene - kept me hooked through the first season while supercharging the second. "

Posted Apr 19, 2014

Eric Deggans

6 55%

Bad Teacher: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" If you've seen the film, you've seen the shtick. And CBS, surprisingly, doesn't find many new notes to play in the TV version, leaving open the question of why they bothered cloning such a forgettable film at all. "

Posted Apr 19, 2014

Eric Deggans

7 55%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

"Turturro's direction owes a little something to Spike Lee, and a lot to Woody Allen."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Bob Mondello

8 100%

Manakamana (2014)

"Manakamana doesn't answer any questions, yet makes its point: Nepal, like the rest of our planet, is a picturesque but far from peaceable kingdom."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Mark Jenkins

9 ——

Damnation (2014)

"The movie's style is as discursive and scattershot as Knight's narration."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Mark Jenkins

10 18%

Transcendence (2014)

"Transcendence has hints of a richly complex story, but too often feels content just dumping the pieces of its puzzle out on the table without doing much assembly - or even making sure all the pieces are even there."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

11 98%

Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" This new Fargo is a worthy companion piece to the film. "

Posted Apr 17, 2014

David Bianculli

12 98%

Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" A whole new constellation of characters is set against this familiar backdrop, playing out new tales of sordid activity in Bemidji, Minn., where the Minnesota nice is often punctured by bursts of violence and pain. "

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Eric Deggans

13 86%

Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015)

" It's beautiful to look at, and yes, it's full of things to unpack. And there will be time for that. "

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Linda Holmes

14 86%

Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015)

" It's well-written, and beautifully framed, and we see some characters who have evolved considerably already, and are on clear paths to change even more, along with the times themselves. "

Posted Apr 14, 2014

David Bianculli

15 86%

Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015)

" As fans obsess over every nuance of new Mad Men episodes, I hope the show answers one of our biggest questions: whether Draper can find peace in a truthful life or will surrender to the lies. "

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Eric Deggans

16 87%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"A vampire flick as only Jim Jarmusch would ever conceive it, languidly poetic, worldweary and crammed with hipster in-jokes."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Bob Mondello

17 83%

Joe (2014)

"For Nicolas Cage, whose dumb, rant-for-hire projects have lately been making audiences forget how good he can be, Joe is more than a rescue - it's a re-birth."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Bob Mondello

18 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"The movie is loaded with all the star cast members and glossy sheen that money can buy. That's almost enough to hide just how aggressively mediocre it is underneath."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

19 90%

Parenthood: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Family dramas always have been one of television's most difficult genres to do properly, without getting too sweet, too overwrought, or much too predictable. Parenthood, like Friday Night Lights, is as good as the family drama genre gets. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

David Bianculli

20 87%

Alan Partridge (2014)

"Ron Burgundy, eat your heart out."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Bob Mondello

21 81%

Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014)

"Quickly and assuredly, writer-director Carbone puts us in the mood of these languorous summer days."

Posted Mar 30, 2014

Tomas Hachard

22 30%

Boys of Abu Ghraib (2014)

"Boys of Abu Ghraib is a credible depiction of the tedium, frustration and humiliation of wartime service."

Posted Mar 30, 2014

Mark Jenkins

23 77%

Noah (2014)

"Darren Aronofsky's film about the Old Testament shipbuilder has been sparking controversy - but there's no denying that the Great Flood, digitized, is a pretty great flood."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Bob Mondello

24 96%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"Self-taught and roaming free in the city, Vivian Maier captured the remarkable in the ordinary."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Ella Taylor

25 66%

Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Even though it's easy to predict at every turn where Doll & Em is going, it still ends up being a pleasant-enough trip. "

Posted Mar 25, 2014

David Bianculli

26 76%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"The most shocking thing about the film is that it often prompts laughs."

Posted Mar 23, 2014

Bob Mondello

27 61%

Crisis: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Crisis may wind up being only half as long as a season of 24, but it also may wind up being just as intense - and just as good. "

Posted Mar 21, 2014

David Bianculli

28 63%

The French Minister (2014)

"In the first comedy of a 40-year career that includes A Sunday in the Country and The Princess of Montpensier, director and co-writer Bertrand Tavernier tries to do too much."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Mark Jenkins

29 99%

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"For those with any interest in cult cinema or just the bizarre behind-the-scenes stories of any film production, Jodorowsky's Dune is a fascinating document of one of the most legendary films ever not made."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

30 91%

It Felt Like Love (2014)

"It Felt Like Love doesn't exactly have a plot, which feels absolutely right for a film whose elliptical yet intensely focused visual style seem to flow directly from Lila's consciousness."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Ella Taylor

31 40%

Divergent (2014)

"Burger, whose last divergent character was the smart-drugged protagonist of Limitless, allocates more than enough of this overlong movie to details of life and society in future-Chicagoland. But he fails to make any aspect of the premise persuasive."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Mark Jenkins

32 90%

A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014)

"The film is far from a melancholy wallow, but it does examine the ways we cope with loss and the conflicts that result when one person's healing process is faster or different from another's."

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Joel Arnold

33 74%

Enemy (2014)

"As the questions mount and the plot's twists get more and more improbable, the director's fierce control and fine-grained technique grow all the more impressive."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Trey Graham

34 82%

Teenage (2014)

"Despite its polemical weakness, Teenage is an enveloping experience, a reminder of history's power in shaping what appear to be cultural constants."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Jordan Larson

35 100%

Big Men (2014)

"There are three categories of schemers in Big Men, Rachel Boynton's illuminating documentary about the oil business in West Africa: businessmen, politicians and bandits. Sometimes, though, it's hard to tell the types apart."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Mark Jenkins

36 81%

On My Way (2014)

"The movie has a soundtrack full of pop delights and a loose-limbed way of making itself up as it goes along."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Ella Taylor

37 63%

Bad Words (2014)

"Bad Words announces its high concept immediately and then goes about the business of telling its story without wasting a moment."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

38 89%

Le Week-End (2014)

"Since it's Broadbent, Duncan and Goldblum doing the skipping, trashing and mimicking, their second adolescence is great fun to watch."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Bob Mondello

39 95%

Particle Fever (2014)

"All you really need to know about Particle Fever is that it includes footage of physicists rapping. About physics. Wearing giant Einstein masks."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Trey Graham

40 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"If the movie's action recalls video games, the dramatically artificial lighting suggests 1980s rock videos. Indeed, Rise of an Empire is so campy that it might work better as a musical."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Mark Jenkins

41 81%

Grand Piano (2014)

"Grand Piano is a screenwriter's fantasy of a self-conscious Hitchcockian thriller, daringly written, improbably made - and more unbelievably made well."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Joel Arnold

42 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"Grand Budapest is a culmination of the tinkly music-box aesthetic of Anderson's work to date, turned up to 11."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

43 91%

Kids for Cash (2014)

"A carefully measured, admirably precise account of this sordid business."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Trey Graham

44 97%

Ernest & CÚlestine (2014)

"The characters are computer-rendered, but the watercolor environments they move in are expressive and detail-rich."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Joel Arnold

45 96%

The Lunchbox (2014)

"The Lunchbox is a first feature for director Ritesh Batra, but it nicely captures the almost overwhelming crush and noise of contemporary India, and it plays cleverly and delicately with the tension of whether its two correspondents might eventually meet."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Bob Mondello

46 85%

Two Lives (2014)

"Two Lives unfolds in a slow boil of rage at the government that allowed all this emotional destruction. But Maas treats Katrine with compassion, as a victim of forces more damaging than her own ravenous hunger for love and family."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Ella Taylor

47 59%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Neeson does indeed have a very particular set of skills - in elevating the generic action thriller into guilt-free popcorn pleasure."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

48 48%

Stalingrad (2014)

"Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk's treatment of the World War II turning point is shallow and contrived, if sometimes impressively staged. The movie wins points, however, for sheer wackiness."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Mark Jenkins

49 95%

Child's Pose (2014)

"If Child's Pose fails to live up to its indie-intellectual veneer, it earns its keep through Gheorgiu, whose Cornelia is a triumph of subtle performance over crude conception."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Ella Taylor

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